COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Clubs

The new ‘Chiang Mai Spa Society’ is looking for members. Their aim is to make Chiang Mai the “Wellness Capital of Asia”. The Spa society is supported by the Ministry of Public Health and Chiang Mai Public Health office. To become a member your field and interest should be from one of the following categories: health service (spas & long stay lodgings); health products (herbal products) or medical service (private hospitals). The Spa Society would like to set up standards for spas and support tourism - regarding spas - in northern Thailand. For more information contact President Ms Kanokwan Soonthornnond of Northern Heritage Spa Resort, Vice President Ms Ampai Sheehan of Siam Spa or Vice President Siwapong Kumwang from Jirung Health Resort (053 861 511-3).

Official English Toastmasters - Be one of the charter members of the official USA Toastmasters Club in Chiang Mai by contacting: Mr. Krit at tel. 053 861 511, or Mrs. Margaret at tel. 053 247083.

Nature Walk with the Bearhugs Club at Kum Naresuan (formerly the Erawan Resort) – Maesa Valley. Join the Bearhugs Club for nature walks in a private sanctum. Communicate with nature in a heavenly environment. “In Rhythm with Nature, we throttle along … And if we are happy, we sing a song … The birds and the bees, look out from the trees … And maybe a monkey will come for some …. Say, cheese…” Warm up for reassembling: the Mango Family Acoustic Rock Band – we use real rocks! Join the fun every Sunday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free to members only – please show your cards at the gate. For membership call 09-8555923 (single 1000 baht/year – family 1500 baht/year). Members with dogs may bring them along – but they must be kept on a leash at all times! Please bring own refreshments. We walk even if it is raining.

Dining

The well known restaurant‚ Le Coq d’Or’ in Chiang Mai offers new light summer lunch menus, starting at only 390 baht ++ for a 4-course menu plus coffee or tea. So next time you feel like dining in a most elegant, yet relaxed, setting, take your business partners or family there. For reservations call Khun Kitti, the restaurant manager at 053 282 024 or 053 801 501.

Are you pining for some homemade breakfast before hitting the town? Or maybe a light lunch? Stop in at Petri’s, a small neighborhood restaurant, opposite Kad Suan Kaew. Toast, homemade pita bread, juice, butter, jam, coffee as much as you like plus a big selection of breakfast items to choose from. Like Swedish potato pancakes with bacon or an omelet with cream stuffing of shrimp, ham, bacon or mushroom. All served for only 95 baht.

La Gondola Restaurant, located at the Riverside Garden of Rimping Condo (next to Nakornping Bridge), now features a Weekend Pasta Buffet at 189 baht (children 129 baht), every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. Phone 053 235 942 for reservations.

Sunday Brunch is back! By popular demand, the Amari Rincome Hotel has re-introduced the famous Sunday Brunch, which is now more deliciously tempting than ever before. So, forget about your diet for one day and spoil yourself with a cornucopia of special delights created by the executive chef from Ireland, Adrian O’Herlihy. Make a reservation at La Gritta Restaurant and enjoy unlimited gourmet treats for the whole family. Every Sunday from 11.30 – 14.00 hrs. Adults 350 baht, children 200 baht net.

Do you need a special birthday cake? European style? To Nobody Restaurant offers cakes for any occasion, anybody and in any style. Just order 3 days in advance with Chef Joerg at 053 214 483 or come by the restaurant to do it in person.

Education

Childbirth Preparation Classes - Especially for first time parents who are interested in the Bradley method, Juanita Duong, Diane Smith and Lori Rowe work together to teach a series of two 2-hour classes that will help prepare a couple for the birth of their baby. After the birth, one of these nurses will also do a follow-up visit to answer any newborn questions as well as assist with breast-feeding if needed. Contact Raintree Community Resource Center (053-262-660) if you are interested in the classes, which are offered free of charge.

Environmental education for free! Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research Unit is pleased to announce that its new education program can provide free training and extension services to schools and other community groups in forestry and other environmental issues. Discover biodiversity along a forest trail, learn how to grow trees at our nurseries or join a tree planting day. Classroom events or field workshops; 1/2 day to 3 day programs to suit your needs. Contact [email protected] .ac.th or call 053 943348 or 053 943346 x 1134 or 1135.

Free Aerobic Classes - Chiang Mai Municipality is teaching aerobic classes free of charge. Monday through Friday at the old municipality sports stadium (gym 2) between 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Entertainment

Wanted: Singers! Can you sing? Would you like to try out for Chiang Mai’s only community choir? Contact Ellen Clark, choir secretary, on 053 309 187 (office), 053 853 265 (home), 01 883 2423 (cell), or email [email protected]

Saturday jazz at the Amari Rincome Hotel - each Saturday at 6.30-10.00 p.m., La Gritta Restaurant at the Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai arranges a live jazz performance by Daeng Fantastic team of four. Listen to jazz favorites down the years, and enjoy a specialty theme buffet created by expert chef, Adrian O’Herlihy. Bring along family or friends.

The Blue Note, a high class music club on Lamphun Road, offers music for music lovers. Swing, Bossanova, Blues, Soul and Jazz on a very high level but at a very agreeable volume! For reservations call Gunter or Wassana at 053 249 912 or just drop by. Blue Note is open daily from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Events

Attention everyone in Chiang Mai - you are invited to the annual Grace International School Rummage/Yard/Garage Sale! In addition to used items for sale, there will be delicious hamburgers/hot dogs/desserts/shakes. There’s a car wash for your convenience. Special note: please come with Christmas in mind. We have a special Christmas Corner featuring NGO’s with unique and fun items for sale. When? Saturday November 1, 8 a.m. until noon. Where? Grace International School, Hang Dong Road before the Samoeng Road intersection. Look for signs to the World Club and to Grace International School. Want more info? Call 053-442-186.

Photo Exhibition: “Seen” by V. Suvin from October 1 – 28 at Gong Dee Studio on Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Road. Opening Reception on October 1, with Thepsiri Sooksopa as the guest speaker.

The 5th International Festival of Dance & Music is still on in Bangkok. So if you have time and you are interested in music and culture, don’t miss it. It’s taking place at the Thailand Cultural Center, in Ratchadaphisek Road. Tickets for all events are available online at www.thai ticketmaster.com (you can even choose your seat numbers there) or call 02-661-6835/7 or 02-273-5200. Just a quick overview what is coming up: Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble on Oct 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 136 young musicians from eight countries in Southeast Asia. It will be conducted by Russell Guyver from London and Eugene Migliaro Corporon from the US. Tickets from 300 baht up. October 7th at 7.30 p.m. Kreidler Group and James Morrison Sextet. The program begins with the Kreidler group, Germany’s most innovative electronic music group. Classic analogue and digital sounds. The second part will feature James Morrison Sextet with Emma Pask, a New York style jazz band, offering original tunes and contemporary jazz. Tickets from 300 baht up. On Oct 9 at 7:30 p.m. Airs, Images & Piazzolla Calderra performed by the Paul Taylor Dance Company from the US. The program features three productions: Airs composed by Handel, Images composed by Claude Debussy and Piazzolla Calderra composed by Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Petersburshsky. Tickets from 600 baht up.

Services

Looking for a wheelchair? Hopefully not! But many poor disabled children in Chiangmai are. So why not donate one for only 7000 baht? Visit the Freedom Wheelchair Workshop across from the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiang Mai (near Thapae Gate).

Laundry and Internet service, traditional Thai massage, Thai language courses. You find it all at the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).

Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcast daily from 7.30-9.00 pm. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners alike.

German speaking protestant service: The next service of the German Christian evangelic service in Chiang Mai will be held on October 12 at the auditorium of the German Christian School (CDSC) at 16.00 hours. If you would like to join, try to come around 15.00 hours, since the service always starts with coffee and cakes and getting to know each other.